Before the 19th century, how many people were needed to make pipe organ play?

one
at least two
four
seven
Playing the organ before elec­tric­i­ty required at least one person (called calcant) to operate the bellows. There­fore, or­gan­ists rarely prac­ticed on the pipe organs, using other in­stru­ments such as the clavi­chord for practice instead.

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one
at least two
four
seven
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flagCzech Republic
7%
84%
7%
0%
13
flagSweden
9%
72%
18%
0%
11
flagNorway
14%
71%
9%
4%
21
flagItaly
21%
71%
0%
7%
14
flagFrance
16%
66%
16%
0%
12
flagthe United States
7%
64%
20%
7%
157
flagthe Netherlands
24%
64%
12%
0%
25
flagRepublic of Ireland
9%
63%
18%
9%
33
flagCanada
10%
63%
15%
10%
19
flagthe United Kingdom
14%
62%
16%
7%
150
flagPoland
17%
61%
14%
4%
8500
flagUkraine
0%
60%
40%
0%
10
flagGermany
14%
58%
21%
5%
92
flagIndia
6%
33%
13%
46%
15

Gender

men65%
women59%
one
14%
16%
at least two
65%
60%
four
13%
17%
seven
5%
5%

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